Haint Blue and its Historic Ties

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If you have ever strolled through the charming streets of downtown Charleston, it is likely that you’ve caught a glimpse of the soft blue paint that graces the ceilings of the Holy City’s most iconic porches. From some of the most historic houses in the Lowcountry to modern single family homes, ceilings splashed with shades of “haint blue” have become increasingly prevalent throughout the years. While some believe the purpose behind the colorful accent is simply to create a charming appearance and a relaxing ambiance, others believe the baby blue ceilings represent an anecdote of historical (and spooky) significance.

 Now mimicked by paint companies, the first ever haint blue color is said to have originated from Gullah Culture in the Carolinas hundreds of years ago. The Gullah people created the faded blue color using a mixture of milk, indigo dye, lime, and other pigments on hand. Although there is no real evidence to support it, many Southerners claim that haint blue also has the ability to banish bugs, a reputation likely stemming from the original integration of lime, a natural insect repellent.

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Legend has it that painting porch ceilings, door frames, and window frames with a coat of the light blue color will protect homeowners by chasing away haints, or evil, restless spirits who have yet to move on from the physical world. While this might sound far-fetched, don’t be too quick to rule it out as a myth. In a historically haunted city such as Charleston, many local homeowners still believe there to be some truth in this longstanding tradition.

Superstitions aside, many people opt for the calming blue color on porch ceilings as a way to imitate the sky, extend daylight hours, and create a tranquil setting for an area often intended for rest and relaxation. Whatever the true purpose behind it may be, it is Southern traditions such as this that make Charleston so extraordinary!

Concierge Tip: Stop into the Calhoun Mansion on 16 Meeting Street between 11am and 5pm for a tour of the largest private residence in Charleston. Learn more about the home and its haint blue porch ceilings or follow this walking route to see more examples.

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Beer, Wine and Liquor with a South Carolina Address

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If you have traveled to Kentucky, you may be familiar with the “Bourbon Trail” a road leading between some of the greatest Kentucky bourbon distilleries. We are making our own trail by way of Charleston.

Recently, we have been lucky enough to have a wave of new distilleries and breweries make their home in the South. If you are planning a trip to Charleston, take the time to explore some of these nationally renowned watering holes.

If you like sweet tea….

Firefly Distillery
Sweet Tea comes with South Carolina territory, and that is why we love Firefly Distillery, where they serve up Sweet Tea Vodka with that personable, Southern hospitality.

Located approximately 30 minutes off the peninsula, make a day out of visiting this distillery and also plan on visiting the conveniently located, sole tea plantation in America, Charleston Tea Plantation. It will become obvious why the Sweet Tea Vodka is so good.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-557-1405
Address: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

If you like spirits…

Striped Pig Distillery
“From Grain to Grass, Striped Pig ingredients are locally grown” is the tagline that this Charleston favorite boasts. Enjoy spirits including moonshine, rum and vodka. If you’re lucky, you may even meet their mascot, Jackson, the distillery’s pig.

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Experience it:
Hours: Wednesday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday 12-5pm
Price: Free
Phone: 843-276-3201
Address: 2225-A Old School Drive, 
Charleston, SC 29405

If you like beer…

Westbrook Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewery’s mission is to make the most interesting, drinkable, and delicious beer possible. Westbrook loves to experiment with different ingredients and brewing techniques, which is the reason why they have so many varieties of beer. Look at the Tasting Room tab to see what is on tap for the week. You can’t go wrong with the White Thai, a Charleston staple.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 12-6pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-654-9114
Address: 510 Ridge Road
, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

If you like a road trip…

Six & Twenty Distillery

Six & Twenty whiskey is actually quite romantic, named after a love story between a Cherokee and a Revolutionary war soldier. They offer a premium whiskey, with emphasis on supporting everything local; starting with the locally grown wheat that is distilled into their delicious whiskey.

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Experience it:
Hours: Saturday at 1pm & 4pm
Price: Free (Call to make a reservation)
Phone: 864-263-8312
Address: 3109 Highway 153 Piedmont, SC 29673

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Carolopolis Award

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Surely while walking around downtown Charleston you have spotted one of these plaques adorning a vine draped home or an antebellum mansion, but are you aware of what the plaque actually means?

The Carolopolis Award is a plaque situated on buildings that are model examples of preserved, restored or rehabilitated construction. The award is given to those that currently own and maintain the property.

The Carolopolis award was created in 1953 to recognize outstanding achievement in the city of Charleston and since then, The Preservation Society has presented 1,309 awards in recognition of such achievement.

We have provided a diagram that displays what the plaque represents. To enlarge the image click here.

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Here are a few examples of the Carolopolis award spotted throughout the city. Follow this walking route to see examples of Carolopolis Awards below.

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